Jason Kipnis is expected to return to second base for the 2018 season moving Jose Ramirez back to third base.
Ramirez moved to second base late in the season when Kipnis was injured. Ramirez played so well at second that when Kipnis returned from his injury Ramirez stayed at second while Kipnis moved to centerfield replacing the injured Bradley Zimmer.
The Indians attempted to trade Kipnis this offseason holding trade talks with multiple teams. His high salary (2 years – $30 million) and poor 2017 numbers were too much of an obstacle in trade talks.
The Indians seemed poised to move forward with Ramirez at second base as he formed a nice gold glove caliber trio up the middle with shortstop Francisco Lindor and centerfielder Bradley Zimmer. Kipnis could always move to the outfield if need be. That need could arise of Michael Brantley is not ready to start the 2018 season. The Indians added Melvin Upton Jr. on a minor league contract and will most likely seek additional outfield help.
Kipnis hit only .232 with 12 homers and 35 RBI’s in 2017. He will look to bounce back to his all-star form in 2018 at second base.